Jeff Stelling is a lifelong supporter of his hometown side, Hartlepool United. After an apprenticeship on the local newspaper Jeff became a sports presenter on London's LBC Radio Sportswatch programme in the early 1980s before moving to BBC Radio 2's Sport On 2. He later spent time as a sports newsreader at TV-AM, Channel 4, Eurosport and British Satellite Broadcasting before moving to Sky in 1992 to present coverage of horse racing, snooker and darts. In 1995 Stelling became presenter of what is now called Soccer Saturday. In November 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Teesside, and in 2009 he was voted the Sports Journalists' Association's Broadcast Journalist of the Year for the fourth year running, and also became host of Channel 4's Countdown.